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The academic panels for the 2012 Roger Ebert's Film Festival take place on the University of Illinois campus. They are free and open to the public. The schedule:
Thursday, April 26
Editor's note: Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert announced late Wednesday that Patton Oswalt had to cancel his Ebertfest appearances. He is tied up in New York, shooting the Ben Stiller-directed "Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
CHAMPAIGN — When writer-director Jeff Nichols was first thinking of making "Take Shelter," he walked into his backyard in Austin, Texas, where he noticed concrete at the bottom of his clothesline poles. From there he thought of a storm shelter. Then into his mind popped the image of a man standing over a shelter, its doors open.
CHAMPAIGN — The 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opening here today will showcase an eclectic mix of 13 movies, from silent shorts dating to the early 20th century to eight movies released just last year.
CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to films from India, most moviegoers are familiar with Bollywood extravaganzas in which actors frequently break into song and dance, or slick productions like the rags-to-riches "Slumdog Millionaire," which won the 2009 Oscar for best picture.
Here is the schedule for the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, a special event of the University of Illinois College of Media, opening Wednesday.
DANVILLE — Theater-goers in Danville and Mattoon will soon be able to enjoy movies, regardless of hearing or vision disabilities.
As the result of a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, AMC Theatres has agreed to provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology for people with disabilities at all of its theaters.
URBANA — Actor Nick Offerman, best known for playing Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” comes to the University of Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of his “American Ham” comedy tour. The show will be at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, in Illini Rooms A, B and C.
Offerman is originally from Minooka and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the UI.
CHAMPAIGN — The master organist sat down at the Wurlitzer on Friday, played the Gershwins' "S'Wonderful" — and pronounced the organ s'wonderful, too.
The majestic pipe organ at the Virginia Theatre will have a big Saturday night, celebrating 90 years and 900 pipes with a nearly two-hour rededication concert.